My original plan for this blog post was to do dedicate it to reflection, but I have done enough of that in our final assignments, so I want to end my required blog posts with one more book talk.
A few months ago, Kelly book talked This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I’ve never read a book about a school shooting, and her book talk immediately sparked my interest, soI penciled it in in my never-ending list of books I want to read. A few weeks ago, I spotted it in the “Best Seller” section at Walmart. I complain about buying a gallon of milk but don’t think twice about buying a book. Who needs luxuries like heat, hot showers, and food when you have stacks of books? That was a joke, but I really should limit my book spending money… Anyway, I obviously bought the book.
Instead of getting a head start last week on final papers due this week, I convinced myself to read the entire book in a little over a day. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision I’ve made, but I couldn’t put the book down. I was locked into the story and absolutely had to find out if everyone survived. The book follows a group of students that go to Opportunity High over the time of less than an hour while there is an active shooter in the school. Tyler, a dropout, interrupts a school-wide assembly with a gun in hand. Readers get the perspective of Tyler’s sister Autumn, Autumn’s girlfriend Sylvia, Sylvia’s brother Tomas, and Tyler’s ex-girlfriend Claire as they try to survive Tyler’s violent anger. It wasn’t the best-written story I’ve read, but the story had me locked in the entire time I was reading. The characters are also diverse in their background as well as their, and I think that would make it especially beneficial in the classroom. If you have a day to kill, I would definitely recommend this book!